Friday 20 April 2018

Good food on the menu for boarders

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

PARENTS who spend large sums to send their children away for education at private boarding schools can rest assured their young scholars are well fed.

The boys and girls attending the country's most expensive fee-paying school– St Columba's in Dublin, are treated to a traditional breakfast, a two course lunch and two course evening meal daily, plus snacks and treats at break.

Students can enjoy home-baked treats such as shortbread and even hot chocolate and marshmallows on tea breaks. Main meals of the day include nutritious dishes such as chicken and broccoli bakes and meats and salads, while tea is a lighter dish such as chicken fillet rolls, waffles and fish fingers.

Rugby school Blackrock College in Dublin provides healthy and filling dishes. The students are offered traditional breakfasts of toast and cereal, and on Tuesdays can have croissants, muffins or poached eggs. Lunch is a two course affair, with the boy's first enjoying soup, such as mushroom and tarragon or spicy tomato. Fish, such as coley and cod, is served on Friday, and every other day the students enjoy rich foods like casseroles, chops and cottage pies.

Supper is a lighter meal, and the boys can expect meatballs, croquettes, rolls and salads, and occasionally some fries. They are served dessert after dinner, such as apple pie and bakewell tart.

Milltown's prestigious girl's school, Alexandra College, offers boarders a variety of choices at lunch time, with soup followed by a choice of bistro or traditional dish with potato and vegetable. Evening meals are a more relaxed affair, and on Saturdays the girls enjoy 'pizza night'. They can have sweet treats after lunch, such as banoffee pie and Eton mess.

All the schools offer extensive vegetarian menus, and those who board can enjoy a taste of home, with traditional roast dinners plus all the trimmings, on Sundays.

Irish Independent

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